Parashat Ki Tavo / פרשת כי־תבוא

Parashat Ki Tavo / פרשת כי־תבוא Next read in the Diaspora on 05 September 2015. Parashat Ki Tavo is the 50th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. Torah Reading: KI TAVO, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8. Haftara: Isaiah 60:1-22. Our parshah, KI TAVO, puts the seal on Moses’ detailed exposition of the commandments in the Mishneh Torah (=Deuteronomy) — the “Second” or repeated … Continue reading Parashat Ki Tavo / פרשת כי־תבוא

Parshas Ki Seitzei

Note: The Shabbos Torah Reading is divided into 7 sections. Each section is called an Aliya [literally: Go up] since for each Aliya, one person “goes up” to make a bracha [blessing] on the Torah Reading. In the course of history mankind’s most ignoble times have been during war and conflict. It is almost as if we suspend our humanity and regress to our lowest … Continue reading Parshas Ki Seitzei

Parashat Ki-Teseh

Parashat Ki-Teseh begins with the exceptional law of “Eshet Yefat Toar,” which deals with the case of a soldier who encounters an attractive foreign woman while fighting a war, and desires her. The Torah allows the soldier in such a case to marry the woman after fulfilling certain conditions. The commentators explain that the Torah enacted this provision because the soldier would otherwise be likely … Continue reading Parashat Ki-Teseh

Separation of Easter computation from Jewish calendar

The feast of Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread, as Christians believe that the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus occurred at the time of those observances. As early as Pope Sixtus I, some Christians had set Easter to a Sunday in the lunar month of Nisan. To determine which lunar month was to be designated as Nisan, Christians relied on … Continue reading Separation of Easter computation from Jewish calendar

The Thirteen Principles

“The outstanding medieval Jewish philosopherMaimonides (Moses ben Maimon; or Rambam, from the initials of Rabbi Moses ben Maimon), 1135-1204, was physician to the Sultan Saladin and communal leader of Egyptian Jewry, as well as an important figure in the codification of Jewish law. His formulation of the basic principles of Judaism in a series of 13 creedal affirmations, in the hope of clarifying the differences … Continue reading The Thirteen Principles

Sefer Torah Barehanded

Description: The Prohibition Against Touching the Parchment of a Sefer Torah Barehanded It is forbidden to touch the parchment of the Sefer Torah with one’s bare hands. As the Gemara discusses in Masechet Shabbat, the Sages enacted a prohibition against direct contact with the parchment, and they went so far as to say that one who touches the parchment barehanded forfeits the credit he would … Continue reading Sefer Torah Barehanded

Understanding Brachos

A) The Talmudic Sources for the Meaning of the word “Brachah” as Applied to Hashem בבא מציעא קי״ד א:י״ט-כ״ד ויחזירו בהקדש קל וחומר מב”ח ומה בעל חוב שאין מסדרין מחזירין הקדש שמסדרין אינו דין שמחזירין אמר קרא (דברים כד, יג) ושכב בשלמתו וברכך יצא הקדש שאין צריך ברכה ולא והכתי’ (דברים ח, י) ואכלת ושבעת וברכת וגו’ אלא אמר קרא ולך תהיה צדקה מי שצריך … Continue reading Understanding Brachos

Mishneh Torah

Structure of the 14 Books Mechon Mamre’s translation I have seen fit to divide this work into fourteen books: RaMBaM’s Complete Restatement of the Oral Law. Book 1  I include in it all the commandments that are the basic principles of the religion of Moshe [Moses] Our Teacher, which one needs to know at the outset–such as recognizing the unity of the Holy One blessed be He … Continue reading Mishneh Torah

Mishneh Torah

בְּשֵׁם ה’, אֵל עוֹלָם (בראשית כא,לג) In the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God (Genesis 21,33) THE COMPLETE RESTATEMENT OF THE ORAL LAW (Mishneh Torah) The Law as it should actually be practiced by all in our day by the Master Teacher Moshe son of Maimon (also known as RaMBaM or Maimonides) in Hebrew according to the Yemenite manuscripts and English as prepared by … Continue reading Mishneh Torah